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Can't Take a Deep Breath (Page 8)


May 30th, 2007
Me Too
I had this going on several months ago and it left after a couple of weeks.....and now it is back.....I had a heart stress test when it happened the first time it was fine. It was and still is very uncomfortable. Wish I knew what to tell the Doc. I may print out all of these comments and give to the doc when I see him.
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replied June 10th, 2007
Breath
I've been really frightened since these symptoms started about a month ago. I've been to the dr. The first time she scheduled a list of logical tests with heart and pulminary drs. Her first instinct was that it is anxiety but I have a wonderful life and just could not imagine that being possible. Though I have a good life I do have tremendous responsibility being a caregiver so I quess I could be subliminally absorbing stress. And I'm a yoga junky so I know from breathing! I had such a panic attack about it all a week later that she had me hospitalized for 2 days to get all the tests done quicker. Nothing obvious found so far. Heart and lungs healthy. Some relief from that and also that it hasn't gotten worse. However, it's been a tremendous relief finding this forum this morning and having all these posts to read all day. It has given me comfort THAT I'M NOT ALONE OR IMAGINING THIS. Thank you all. I'm seeing the dr. again this week and will tell her what I've found here. And if I find any further help or information I shall pass it on. Again, thank you all.
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replied June 14th, 2007
I am having the same issues as all who posted to this - I am now on my 3rd month of breathing this way (unable to get a deep breath) been to 2 specialists, and in ER. all tests done on my heart and lungs all is clear. Tried the anxiety angle to no avail - had my house checked for mold spores (as I am allergic) Nothing - been on steroids (pills and inhalers) anibiotics, you name it I have taken it - nothing helps - nothing - I have no idea where to turn now and feeling very desperate -I find this consumes me and is severely impacting my life - I am going to a different pulmonary specialist in few weeks - will let you all know if we figure this out... Please if anyone reads any of these posts and has any ideas please post them- or email thanks to all and GOD bless -
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replied June 15th, 2007
Take comfort and have courage knowing that this is something that you and all of us are LIVING WITH and not DYING FROM. Trust that you can continue living a life while searching for the solution. Living with fear and anxiety will only make the problem worse, physically and emotionally. Having found this forum and knowing others have the same problem has already allowed me to let go of the worry a little.I know I will receive notice when new responses are posted. I, too, have more Dr. appts and test scheduled. Someone will know. The answer is out there. We can all be glad for the internet that we can multiply the power of our quest and then share our knowledge. Be strong, be brave, have courage and have faith.
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replied June 16th, 2007
Can't Finish Yawns Or Get a Deep Breath!
I too just started having this problem. It happened about 3 months ago when one day I just couldn't stop yawning - and to make it worse, I couldn't ever finish the yawn. It is the most frustrating feeling! About this same time my fiance and I decided to start jogging regularly. It seemed like I would be trying to yawn throughout the whole run. I can't ever catch my breath and I feel like my clothes are suffocating me. I do notice a bit of relief when it's windy outside, or when we jog over the bridge (also windy). It's like the extra air around me helps me feel like I'm getting the oxygen I need.
I am 25, I have never smoked, I eat organic, home-cooked food all of the time. I've always been active, and I have never been diagnosed with any medical condition. I rarely go to the doctor and I am considering going for this; but from the sounds of it, there may not be any help. I have also recently been experience stomache pains. I get sharp pains throughout the day. It doesn't matter what I eat or when I eat. The pains just come and go, and I often get diarreah. Not sure if this is related but thought I'd throw it out there in case anyone else has similar problems.

Please post if there are any suggestions for relief from this frustrating condition!
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replied June 18th, 2007
why is the thread written as NONe??
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replied June 18th, 2007
why is the thread written as NONe??
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replied June 19th, 2007
I too have been having this shortness of breath. I go to take a full breath, but it seems to only make it half way. Only sometimes I can get a full breath & mostly when I yawn.

I have allergies & thought it maybe related to this. I went to the doctors & they said it was asthma. After getting passed around various doctors & specialists & getting numerous scans (which all showed up clear) a friend suggested I see a Chiropractor.

While I have had plenty of alternate medicine before, I didnt like the thought of Chiropractors, as push the spine around seemed wrong. I thought after 4 months of putting up with this breathing problem anything was worth a shot. After about 5 mins with the Chiropractor the problem was nearly 90% gone. I had to go back for weekly visits after that for about 6 weeks, but it was entirely worth it.

Alternate medicine is the last person a GP would recommend you to go to. So if you have symptoms like me, take matters into your own hands & give it a try. Or alternatively accupuncture.

Mobius
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replied June 20th, 2007
Re: Can't Finish Yawns Or Get a Deep Breath!
Married this Fall wrote:
I too just started having this problem. It happened about 3 months ago when one day I just couldn't stop yawning - and to make it worse, I couldn't ever finish the yawn. It is the most frustrating feeling! About this same time my fiance and I decided to start jogging regularly. It seemed like I would be trying to yawn throughout the whole run. I can't ever catch my breath and I feel like my clothes are suffocating me. I do notice a bit of relief when it's windy outside, or when we jog over the bridge (also windy). It's like the extra air around me helps me feel like I'm getting the oxygen I need.
I am 25, I have never smoked, I eat organic, home-cooked food all of the time. I've always been active, and I have never been diagnosed with any medical condition. I rarely go to the doctor and I am considering going for this; but from the sounds of it, there may not be any help. I have also recently been experience stomache pains. I get sharp pains throughout the day. It doesn't matter what I eat or when I eat. The pains just come and go, and I often get diarreah. Not sure if this is related but thought I'd throw it out there in case anyone else has similar problems.

Please post if there are any suggestions for relief from this frustrating condition!


Wow. I just registered after seeing this thread. I've been dealing with this for about 3 months now and I've seen general doctors, pulmonologists, cardiologists and gastroenterologists (for the same problem the above poster had with temporary diarreah and then it goes away which I haven't had in about a month). I also can't get full breaths and am very frustrated with this. I also notice that when I can get my full breaths it's still not like it used to be and there is some wheezing present during the end of the inhale that sounds more like pop rocks in my chest than whistling, any wheezing that comes when I exhale sounds like whistling. I had a PFT done about a week ago and my results were classified as a "Mild Lung Obstruction" which according to them is asthma related however the inhalers (I have 3 of them now) don't seem to do anything. I also have a heart murmur like many of you but have had about 3 chest x-rays, a CT scan of my lungs and an echocardiogram all of which were normal. I have also been to the ER a few times because of the scare of not getting full oxygen however everytime they put that thing on my finger it's normal. My blood tests were normal in all respects. I'm going to keep fighting this as best as I can by researching the hell out of it. Like many of you have stated, some days are better than others, today is a bad one so far. I'm starting to take Advair also but it sounds like that won't help. Good luck everyone.

I am a 30 year old non-smoker
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replied June 21st, 2007
Same Here
I am so happy I decided to check my problem online. Decide to put "Can't take deep breath" on google and here I am. Noticed the first post was like two years ago. and still going. I have had this problem for the past year, I would say.

I really thought something was wrong with me. Now I know it is not asthma because I am a boxing trainer and am constantly in the ring sparring and doing rounds and I am never out of breath. I have gone 15 rounds recently while training and had no problems. I mean I am out of breath as boxers are but not overly out of breath. I am in great shape and I get physicals done all the time(I have to before a fight). Everything always comes back perfect.

What really has helped me today was reading that i'm not alone with this, I can actually say I feel so much better. I guess it does have something to do with anxiety. I have been stressed out lately.

But anyway, I thank God for the computer era we are in. So easy to find people going thru similiar situations.

I can honestly say I feel 100% better.
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replied June 23rd, 2007
Do any of you drink diet sodas? and arificial sweetners like wylers light or crystal light? This might be causing the problem since they have Aspartame!

Check this site out

sweetpoison.com/aspartame-side-effects.htm l
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replied June 23rd, 2007
Also watch this movie about the effects of aspartame.

video.google.co.uk/videoplay?docid=-566922 170441334340
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replied June 24th, 2007
After going to the Chiropractor, they described why I was having shortness of breath.

Your ribcage is connected to your spine in the Thoracic region of your spine. When either the vertebrae are out misaligned or the nerves pinched, they can prevent your ribcage from expanding properly. Normaly, your ribcage opens & closes with each breath taken. However, when the Thoracic area is locked up the ribs dont swing open & close like they should. Instead, they stay fixed. Your lungs go to expand, but instead of being able to freely expand, they hit a wall of ribs that are not moving & the lungs cannot expand any further.

If the above is the problem that is affecting you ( remember it could be many other possible reasons) you may notice a sharp pain/s midway up your back or even between the shoulder blades. More noticable when you try to breath in.

A Chiropractor, Osteopath or Accupuncturists can fix this problem quick & easy for you.

Its worth going to one of these guys. Especialy if it has been going on for a few months.

M
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replied June 25th, 2007
My sister has the same problem. She suffers from asthma so this explains why she gets respiratory problems. Her doctor has advised her to take bricanyl tablets, these tablets help her a lot since they widen the air passage hence easing respiration.
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replied June 25th, 2007
Hi
I have had anxiety for about 5 years now I am a 30 years old male... the I cant take a full breath thing is hitting me hard lately and have been to the emergency room had chest x rays ekgs and blood work all things have come back normal.. I have yet to see a cardiologist to check my heart because my left chest gets tight and feels like a muscle spasm in the front and the back always on the left side very tense muscles. I actually feel better to know that there are other people experiencing this crap and i'm not alone.
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replied June 27th, 2007
krish20 wrote:
My sister has the same problem. She suffers from asthma so this explains why she gets respiratory problems. Her doctor has advised her to take bricanyl tablets, these tablets help her a lot since they widen the air passage hence easing respiration.


Hey I feel very concerned for your sister; I’m really sorry that she has asthma. My father has the same problem and he uses a medicine called Beclazone. He uses it as a precautionary measure. Just a few minutes ago I was searching for asthma medicines and I found this post so, I registered over this forum to tell you about this medicine. I found an interesting article about this medicine on the following page http://www.drugdelivery.ca/s384-s-BECLAZON E.aspx , read it then you decide if your sister needs it or not. But according to me it is a must for asthma patients because it prevents asthma attack.
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replied June 28th, 2007
This Might Help
ive had that for as long as i can remember. when it comes along, i find staring at a plain color, with your eyes either half way closed or all the way, about 3 or so feet away and not thinking about anything really helps.
It works for me, but shortly after i just again and again. It doesnt stop it, it just helps me get that breath that my body desires so much.
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replied July 30th, 2007
Re: "can't Take a Deep Breath"
oh gosh this is the first time i see something like that
it feels werdly good in a way
i want to scream, im so pissed about this not breathing thing, i just cant breathe and nobody f... gets it
ive seen mmany shinks etc, i just started to take med again, and im sick of it, i was diagnosed with panic disorder
i read so much and it says that panic attack last a few minutes, my thing can go on and on for days, it just gets less or more of sufferning, but it doenst just stop, im so frustrated and paranoid, i just cxry at the end, and always rteady to call 911, what are they gonna do ? nothing say its panic, and give me a bill, they the circle starts again, im not depresses, not aleergic , nothing, but cant take this f... breath, what is wrtong with me
i truelly hate it and nobody gets it, like ihve said before, i could give all my fingers (from the left hend though) t obe chapt off, if i could just breathe
please can anybody help me
i really cant stand it no more
please help!
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replied July 30th, 2007
Thank You!
Thank you to everyone for their posts. It does make me feel better to know I am not the only. However, it would make me feel wonderful if it would just go away. Does anyone elses get worse when you really think about it? It seems like mine goes away when my mind is on other things. Does it affect you at night? If I can actually get to sleep I seem to be able to sleep through the night. The problem is actually getting to sleep without having a full blown panic attack. My husband tries to be helpful, but he really just wants to go to sleep. This is not the first time it has happened to me. I am interested to hear more from the person with MVP. This seems to show its self every couple of years, for me. I have never been diagnosed with thyroid disfunction however they test me pretty much everytime I go to the doc. I have EVERY symptom of hypothyroid but my number is always borderline. I am considering getting a new doc. Mine just threw some BuSpar at me and sent me on my way. It doesn't seem to be doing anything!!
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replied September 18th, 2007
Okay, I Have the Same Problem....
So I started smoking about five months ago. I used to smoke two or three cigarettes a day, maybe just one, until I started college this fall. About a month and a half to two months ago, I started feeling like I couldn't take a deep breath. I would leave my mouth open, stuck trying to yawn, without getting any breath in. I know that I should quit smoking (especially since I'm a vocal major) but it's hard. Life here is so stressful and I find myself smoking more and more. I just got sick with a cold that would usually last around three days, but this one has lasted over a week. It's harder now that I can't breath as well and I keep coughing up phlegm. I hate not being able to breathe--but I guess my only option is to quit smoking, or at least try and wean myself off cigarettes slowly.
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